Nicole Riehl, COO
Start Date: 2017
A Colorado native, Nicole began working for the Council in 2011 and has been progressively responsible for providing leadership and oversight to the comprehensive systems building work of the Council. This includes the ability to work strategically in the three domains of early childhood - learning and development, child health and well-being, and family support and education ensuring alignment with our strategic plan. Prior to working for the Council, Nicole was a preschool teacher within Reggio Emilia inspired and High/Scope Programs, and also held various roles with Qualistar Colorado, including Quality Rating Specialist, Denver Preschool Program Outreach Specialist and Denver Preschool Program Coordinator.
Liz Isaacson, Director of Finance and Grants Administration
Start Date: 2018
Liz has been with Denver's Early Childhood Council since January of 2016 and oversees the financial and grants management functions for the Council. Liz has extensive experience in grant management, budgeting, cost accounting, and financial management gained from positions she has held at organizations such as National Jewish Health, the University of Denver, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Colorado. She has also held positions in smaller nonprofit organizations such as The Children's Museum of Denver and the March of Dimes. Liz has a B.S. degree in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver and has earned the professional designations of C.M.A. (Certified Management Accountant) and F.L.M.I. (Fellow Life Management Institute).
Emily Bustos, CEO
Start Date: 2007
Emily joined the Denver's Early Childhood Council as Director in 2008. Previously she was Deputy Site Coordinator for Making Connections-Denver, a place-based community change initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation with a focus on family economic success, school readiness, and resident leadership development in struggling communities. A Denver native, Emily has worked closely with the community to build capacity and facilitate systems change efforts in the nonprofit sector as well as in her work as a Community Development Specialist with the City and County of Denver. She has a B.A. in Urban Design and Architecture from New York University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree, with a concentration in Community Economic Development, from the University of Colorado at Denver.
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